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agere Ifa (divination cup)
  • Yoruba peoples
  • agere Ifa (divination cup), late 1800s–1982
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 29.5 x 14.5 x 20.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 11 5/8 x 5 11/16 x 8 1/16 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3120
Label Text

The small wooden bowl sits atop a human figure seated on a horse. The horse is on a round base. The human figure is holding the reins in his left hand and a staff in his right, that extends from the ground to the cup atop the rider's head. He has very broad shoulders and extremely short legs, and the head is elongated and oriented forward. The reins are very thick and the rider wears rope-like straps across his chest. The rim of the bowl is decorated with small dimples. It is dark brown.